Poetic Knowledge of the City

By |2018-12-04T12:39:52-06:00August 3rd, 2017|Categories: Character, Civilization, Community, Culture, Greek Epic Poetry, Homer, Iliad, Poetry|

What we need today to re-create the beautiful city, an icon through which to see the glorious City of God, is a new Iliad, a new story that will manifest “what the many do together,” for what the many do together “rarely lacks a certain nobility, or beauty”… In his Metamorphoses of the City, Catholic [...]

A Liberal Education

By |2017-06-19T09:09:53-05:00June 18th, 2017|Categories: Great Books, Iliad, Liberal Arts, Liberal Learning, St. John's College, Timeless Essays|

Liberal arts, taught correctly, are essential in a liberal democratic republic. A liberal arts education can prepare citizens for life in a republic that cherishes its liberty… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Miguel Monjardino as he explores the necessity of a liberal education to a democratic republic. —W. [...]

Reading the “Illiad” in the Light of Eternity

By |2019-08-07T00:18:23-05:00November 20th, 2016|Categories: Classics, Essential, Featured, Great Books, Homer, Iliad, Liberal Learning, Timeless Essays|

It is impossible to love both the victors and the vanquished, as the Iliad does, except from the place, outside the world, where God’s Wisdom dwells… Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Cicero Bruce as he considers the Iliad in light of eternity. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Published [...]

The Poetic Renewal of the World

By |2016-09-16T17:42:24-05:00August 7th, 2016|Categories: Culture, Featured, Glenn Arbery, Homer, Iliad, Imagination, Odyssey, Poetry, Timeless Essays, Wyoming Catholic College|

Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity to join Glenn Arbery as he contemplates the importance of poetry to a well-formed soul. —W. Winston Elliott III, Publisher Last year when Dr. Kevin Roberts and I first met with the senior class in a course we were co-teaching, Dr. Roberts asked what [...]

Celebrating Homer: A Divine Shining

By |2020-09-16T18:30:57-05:00July 29th, 2016|Categories: Glenn Arbery, Homer, Iliad, Odyssey, Poetry, Wyoming Catholic College|

The question of Homer’s existence is a little like the question of God’s. There, unquestionably, like the universe, are the Iliad and the Odyssey: But how did they come to be there? Were they composed by a single author, or were they gradually pieced together, as the classicist ­Richard Bentley said in 1713, from “a [...]

Myth, Sacred Story & Epic: Imagination and Making Fictions

By |2020-09-17T11:00:13-05:00June 7th, 2016|Categories: E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Homer, Iliad, Imagination, Literature, Myth, Odyssey, Senior Contributors, Sophocles, St. John's College|

A Reflection on Three Questions Concerning the Re-telling of Sacred Stories and of Myths (An Academically Disreputable Inquiry) Questions: Are there canonical sources—gold-standards—for myths, and how would we recognize them? Should our re-visioning of sacred persons and mythical people stay true to the standard version? Should there be myth-dilations? […]

The Elements: The Key to Understanding the Cosmos

By |2021-02-09T12:51:30-06:00March 3rd, 2016|Categories: Christopher B. Nelson, Education, Featured, Iliad, Mathematics, Plato, St. John's College|

The quest for elements is the best way we humans have of getting to the roots of things and making sense of our experience. And working at this together, in a community dedicated to learning, is one of the best services we can do, both for our own souls and for those of our fellow [...]

Telling Lies

By |2018-11-21T08:39:09-06:00July 28th, 2015|Categories: Aristotle, E.B., Eva Brann, Featured, Friedrich Nietzsche, Homer, Iliad, Odyssey, Plato, St. John's College|

The first lecture of the school year is, by an old tradition, dedicated to the freshmen among us. Whether you are speaking or listening, you are intended to hear and to judge. Although you may have allowed the talk of the world to persuade you that “being judgmental” is a social sin, judgments are what you [...]

Cleverly Postmodern Homer: A Review of the Troy Movie

By |2015-05-19T23:12:16-05:00July 13th, 2013|Categories: Classics, Film, Homer, Iliad|

Briseis is revealed as Achilles’ Achilles’ heel in Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy (2004), a cleverly postmodern retelling of the plot of Homer’s Iliad. Homer himself enclosed the Calydonian boar hunt in his Iliad, a myth within the myth, as both a nod to what was previously big box office for bards, and a guide to old [...]

Homer and Political Philosophy

By |2019-05-17T23:06:22-05:00June 21st, 2013|Categories: Books, Classics, Homer, Iliad, Odyssey|Tags: , |

The Odyssey of Political Theory: The Politics of Departure and Return, by Patrick J. Deneen Patrick Deneen, an assistant professor of political science at Princeton University, sets out in this book to assess the contemporary relevance of the Homeric legacy, especially the Odyssey. He wishes to avoid both mere pious praise of Homer as the [...]

Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the Odyssey & Iliad

By |2019-06-20T08:40:19-05:00February 28th, 2013|Categories: Books, Classics, E.B., Eva Brann, Homer, Iliad, Odyssey, St. John's College, TIC Featured Book|

 Homeric Moments: Clues to Delight in Reading the Odyssey and the Iliad Featured Book: Reading Homer’s poems is one of the purest, most inexhaustible pleasures life has to offer–a secret somewhat too well kept in our time. The aim of this book is to tell anyone who might care–first-time, second-time, or third-time readers or people who [...]

Reading the Iliad in the Light of Eternity

By |2019-04-07T10:52:16-05:00June 9th, 2012|Categories: Classics, Featured, Homer, Iliad, Liberal Learning|Tags: , |

Published originally during the Second World War, Simone Weil’s “The Iliad, or the Poem of Force” and Rachel Bespaloff’s “On the Iliad” are two of the last century’s finest discussions of Western literature’s preeminent epic. The former, said Elizabeth Hardwick, “is one of the most moving and original literary essays ever written.” The other, wrote [...]

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